A leading addiction nonprofit has launched a confidential resource line serving people across Ohio who are struggling with substance use disorder, as well as their loved ones. Addiction Policy Forum (APF) designed the resource to address the growing epidemic affecting tens of thousands across the state. In 2016, more than 4,300 people died in Ohio from a drug overdose—an increase of more than 30% from the previous year. The Addiction Resource Center line can be reached by dialing 1.833.301.4357.
By calling 1.833.301.4357, Ohio residents impacted by addiction will receive compassionate and confidential support, information about local treatment or recovery resources, and education about substance use and addiction. The resource line is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
Addiction counselors, licensed social workers, and peer recovery support advocates staff the resource line and can provide callers with substance use disorder-related information, education on treatment options, and support.
The line is part of Ohio’s Addiction Resource Center, which also includes a comprehensive, interactive website to help individuals and families struggling with addiction learn about substance use disorders and access help. This platform dispels harmful myths about addiction by presenting the science behind the disorder in easy-to-read formats, guiding concerned individuals through a self-assessment tool, helping to develop a proposed action plan, and providing a database of local treatment providers.
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
The APF, which has chapters in 12 states and a national office in Washington, D.C., aims to roll out the Addiction Resource Line and Online Portal in other states throughout 2018. In addition to tackling addiction through community resources like these, the APF is committed to affecting policy change at the local, state, and national levels, and to raising awareness of the nationwide addiction crisis.